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Ringer Reviews - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 3
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes

I was more than pleased with this film. For the most part, it was exactly what I wanted it to be. I was nervous about how it would turn out, especially with the addition of material from Tolkien's appendices, but I thought it added to the film and will prove to be good at leading into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While all the acting was great, I think Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage deserve special recognition. Martin Freeman was Bilbo. His timing and delivery were perfect. Richard Armitage was perfect as Thorin and I thought he portrayed him flawlessly. As a music nerd, I obsessed over the use of leitmotifs in this movie. Any complaints I have about this movie are minor and easily gotten over. However, I was a bit disappointed with the CGI in this film. Personally, I liked the use of actors (in a plethora of makeup and prosthetics) as orcs in the LOTR trilogy. I was not as impressed with what seemed to be primarily CGI orcs and goblins. It seemed more fake, I guess? Again, easily gotten over. So far I've only seen The Hobbit in 2D but I'm looking forward to seeing it in the new 48fps!

The Ratings
The Other Ratings
Martin Freeman 's performance as Bilbo Baggins?
Richard Armitage 's performance as Thorin?
The Overall representation of The Dwarves ?
Andy Serkis' performance as Gollum?
Ian McKellen's performance as Gandalf?
Bilbo's retelling of the history of Erebor and of Thror/Thrain/Thorin
The Eagles rescue sequence?
The Goblin King ?
Initial impression of Thranduil?
Hugo Weaving's performance as Elrond?
Radagast's portrayal in the movie?
The representation of Goblintown?
Cate Blanchett's performance as Galadriel?
The Bag End Supper scene?
The scene of the Trolls?
The representation of the Arkenstone?
The Stone Giants?
Escape from the Goblin cave?
Riddles in the Dark scene?
The return to Rivendell?
The attack on the party by the Wargs
The first glimpses of Smaug?
The ending of the movie; in regards to leading well into the next film, and serving as a good ending point.
The overall pace of the film
Peter Jackson's vision in bringing the Hobbit to the big screen.

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